Originally Steve bought this 1967 El Camino, with money he saved while working at the hardware store when he was 15 in 1998. He did borrow some money from his dad but who’s counting.
The 1967 El Camino is mostly stock with 4 wheel drums and a turbo 350 transmission. He had a 355 sbc that didn’t last long driving it as a teenager. The steering was bad, brakes were sloppy, and it had a pair of Volvo seats in it, topped off with a sunroof someone had put in it in the 80s. He’s really surprised he never crashed it.
He built a new engine with a little help. A 383 with Kieth black pistons and a forged crank. Put back on the ported double hump heads and Vic jr manifold with a holly 850. He put about 500 miles on it until it sat. It moved locations as he worked around the state but he kept it garages most of the time.
Fast forward to 2012 when his daughter was born, he pulled all the glass and then the body off the frame in his 2 car garage. Had the frame powder coated and a new rolling chassis with 4 wheel discs and a Ford 9” rear end. He sent the 1967 El Camino’s body off to delete the sunroof, do a little rust repair, and get it painted. Once he got the body back, and on the chassis, it sat for another 6 years as life got in the way once again.
He started installing the old but newer 383 he had built years ago. Put a Tremec six-speed manual transmission behind it. Ran new brake and fuel lines. All new weatherstripping and glass. Had a friend do the interior in a custom/original look. Installed a serpentine kit and added Fitech fuel injection. Vintage Air system for heat and AC. New wheels and tires and new 2.5” Magna flow exhaust.
Finally got it running in April 2021 and now is reliving a moment in time every time he drives it. Everywhere Steve goes with the 1967 El Camino he gets a thumbs up!👍🏻
- 383 sbc
- Kieth black pistons
- Forged skat crank
- Circle trac can
- Double Hump heads ported and polished with 2.02 intake valves
- Concept one serpentine kit
- Tremec 6 speed manual transmission
- Hydraulic clutch
- 4 wheel CPP disc brakes
- Quick performance ford 9” with 383 US gears
- Lowered 3” in the front and 1” in the back
- Cowl induction hood
- Bucket seats with an original 1967 console
- New sound system with a custom box that holds 10” sub
- 18” US mags
Steve also plans on installing some AFR aluminum heads 195cc intakes on the 1967 El Camino.